Jacuzzi Tub Tile Repair
I had the opportunity to meet and offer assistance to a wonderful client recently with regards to issues concerning tile repair work on their Jacuzzi decking and skirt. Upon inspection, there were a number of tiles that had come off the deck and the finishing trim was detached. We came to a mutual agreement that it was best to remove the existing tile and replace the decking and skirt with the same colour and texture of tile to ensure everything matched. This project was started on a Monday and here’s how it went…
Phase 1: Demolition
The first phase of this project was to remove the original ceramic tile from the skirt and decking. When the original builder installed the Jacuzzi deck and skirt, they framed it with “2 X 4” and covered it with 1/2 inch plywood. They then applied mesh onto the plywood and installed the tile on the mesh. A hammer and crowbar was used to remove the original tile.
By taking our time removing the existing tile, this removal process really wasn’t that difficult. The most difficult part was removing the steel mesh. The next step was removing the staples that held the steel mesh onto the plywood. At this stage we had a nice clean surface to start the rebuild as shown in the photo below.
Phase 2: Scratch-Coat
New steel mesh was applied over the entire deck and skirt. NOTE: Always put on safety work gloves to protect your hands when working with steel mesh as this material can cause cuts and other injuries. Staples were applied to secure the mesh onto the plywood, starting with the skirt first then the deck. An unmodified thin-set cement was used to apply a scratch coat on to the surface area. We then let the cement dry for 24 hours.
Tip: When applying a scratch-coat, remember to keep the surface area level. Avoiding uneven surfaces will help prevent issues when you move on to the tiling stage.
My personal preference from past experience, is to keep the surface a little rough to help the new ceramic tiles bond better.
Phase 3: Tiling
With all the prep work now completed, we were ready to start setting new tile. Our client chose a 12×12 ceramic tile for this project. 1/4-in. spacers were used for the tile and White PVC tile edging strip was installed in the location were the deck tiles met the skirt tile.
Photos courtesy Don Of All Trades
Next stage of the project-grout. Remember when applying grout to work a small area at a time and to go over the area with a sponge to prevent the grout from drying on the ceramic.
Phase 4: Finished Product
When looking at the finished product you can see how close we came to matching the existing back-splash, not one hundred percent but pretty close match. Grout lines came out nice and PVC tile edging strips really add the finishing touches.
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